Sunday, March 11, 2018

little bits

this is one of my favourite days of the year... 

"spring ahead" day

some people are complaining bitterly about the time change but in a nod to my mother's attitude of making the most of things, for me, it means just what it's called... spring is truly ahead and so all's right with the world

 it's especially nice on a day like today where the sky is as blue as it can possibly be and the sun is beaming brightly

sunny days like this are especially nice in my sewing room as it has a big corner window and though it faces north-east, the light is beautiful, making it a happy place to be

most days I stand at my worktable for a few hours, working away at various bits of hand-stitching and lately i've been working on cards

cards are so much fun to make - using random bits, left-overs from other work, they come together quickly and oftentimes, no two are alike... "mini works of art" might be a stretch, but i think "delightful" might not be

the one above was a pure joy - simple, but so pleasurable to work on

there's just something about making french knots, and lots of them, that pleases me to no end

below is a play with some petal paper bought last september... it's very thin, in some areas especially, so it's been layered with a fine english muslin to add a little strength as well as give me a place to tie off threads... since this photo was taken the running stitch has been finished and a few more french knots added 

i like the way the pin-pricking and knots extend the lace, something i'd like to investigate further

this last bit is me experimenting with relief appliqué - hook, line and sinker, this is my new favourite technique... love it

all those wrinkle

it's a fiddle, no doubt of that, but so worth it

just in the process of working out the centre - more knots, beads maybe??? 
there will most likely be stitching that gets added between the petals - frondy-type ones?

it amazes me how many tries it takes to get things just right - designing is not easy, at least not for me

figuring out what to do with all these bits and pieces and ideas and things takes a lot of time, more time than if i just followed a pattern, and even though it's an exercise in frustration at times, it's so much more satisfying to figure it out for myself

and with a little bit of time, a little bit of effort and a little bit of this and that, i make a little thing that hopefully brings a little bit of joy to someone


Anonymous said...

My least favourite day! "You're different and that's bad." ;)

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Jillayne:
These are all absolutely lovely! I'd have to frame them. It would be difficult to slip them into envelopes to send off. What generous works of heART.
It's nice to stop by for a visit. I'll need to do that more often, my dear.

Rachel said...

It does look as though you've been having fun with it. And yes, "delightful" is a very good word!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Lovely work as always, but I'm only seeing the first photo for some reason. The rest are blank with the little box with an x in it. :-(

I'm always inspired when I visit you. Thanks for sharing your lovely creations.

Happy spring ~ FlowerLady

Marj Talbot said...

I agree - spring is ahead - no it's here. The snow is sinking out of sight, thankfully.
If I may pick one, I'd pick the heart card. Beautiful and so well done. Never tire of seeing your creations.
Thanks again for sharing all that you do.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I think any of your projects would bring joy to someone! I love to sit and study the little details you include in everything you make. And I know how you feel about the designing process - it's so much easier to follow a pattern, for sure. I'm certainly finding that out with my barns!

Christine B said...

I get what you say about following patterns. Since City and Guilds I gave up patterns completely... well almost. I am following four progressive patterns on Carrickmacross Lace to learn the process . Designing is sometimes a challenge but the result is uniquely one’s own and so worth the effort. Funnily enough I am finding following the lace patterns a challenge. I’m racing ahead in my mind to when I can be free to create my own. I perhaps could do that now but I have committed to working through the book to learn thoroughly so I will relax and enjoy. Your perseverance In all that you do always inspires me and you rarely fail to conquer. I also think there is a skill in creating a card that does not look plonked together.... and you my friend have conquered that skill too. These are outstandingly beautiful... truly!

Createology said...

Jillayne Dear I enjoy your fiddly bits and design work so very very much. On this snowy dark Winter day your stitched bits bring me Sunshine Joy just looking at them. You know I love every thing you put your hands to doing. Stitchery Bliss...XO